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The Sims 3 Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Feb 19, 2016.

  • by booman, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:40 PM
  • booman

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    Create your own family in The Sims 3 and micro-manage everything from their daily tasks, clothes they wear, house they live in to parties, careers and marriage. Anything can happen to your family and everything will. Design each characters look, personality and age in a life simulation and social simulation.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing The Sims 3 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Origin version of The Sims 3. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 17.3 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.10
    Wine: 1.8

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.8
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.8 is installed and you can close this window

    Download OriginSetup.exe

    Go to: https://www.dm.origin.com/download/legacy
    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: sims3
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select 1.8
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows XP
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: 1920x1080
    Click OK
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    Note: Set the resolution to match your Linux Desktop

    Installing Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)

    Check the following packages:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010
    • POL_Install_vcrun2012
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Click Browse

    Installing Origin Client

    Navigate to your Desktop
    Select OriginSetup.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next Again

    Uncheck all options:
    Click Install
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    Check "I have read and accept..."
    Click OK
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    At this point the client will try to launch, but nothing will happen...
    Origin will lock-down the Origin folder and is waiting

    We can fix that, just leave Wine where its at for now

    Origin Directory Permissions

    Go to the Origin Directory
    Path: /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/Origin/Drive_C/Program Files/
    Right click
    Select Properties
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    Click Folder Access Dropdown under "Owner"
    Select "Create and delete files"

    Click the File Access Dropdown under "Owner"
    Select "Read and Write"

    Click "Apply Permissions to Enclosed Files"
    Click Close
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    Open the Origin directory
    Delete these files:
    • igoproxy.exe
    • igoproxy64.exe
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    Origin Login will now appear in Wine
    Login to Origin
    Check "Remember Me"
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    Disable Overlay

    Click Origin
    Click Application Settings
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    Click "Origin In Game"
    Uncheck "Enable Origin In Game"
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    Installing/Downloading The Sims 3

    Click My Games
    Select The Sims 3
    Click Download
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    Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
    Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
    Click Continue
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    Check "I have read an accept..."
    Click Continue
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    Sims 3 downloading...
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    When The Sims 3 is finished downloading, Origin may crash
    Click Exit Origin
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    The Sims 3 Shortcut

    Select "Sims3Launcher.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: Sims 3
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Close Origin

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Select Origin
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.8
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down arrow to select other versions of Wine

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launch Origin
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    Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs

    Optimization

    Launch The Sims 3
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    Once in game
    Click the settings button
    Click Options
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    Adjust:
    • Fullscreen
    • Screen Size
    • Screen Refresh Rate
    • Enable Object Hiding
    • Reflection Quality
    • Edge Smoothing
    • Visual Effects
    • Lighting and Shadows
    • Tree Detail
    • Animation Smoothing
    • Advanced Rendering
    • Draw Distance
    • High Detail Lots
    • Texture Detail
    • Sim Detail
    Click the Checkmark to apply
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    Conclusion:
    The Sims 3 runs almost flawlessly on my GeForce 550 Ti. I've experienced a random crash, but its very rare. Loading and saving is fairly slow, so be patient. I was able to create several family, navigate in the world, save game, load games, adjust video settings and use the keyboard/mouse without issues.

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Feb 12, 2017
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    very good guide of this excellent game, actually runs very good and good screens too

    :)
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  2. booman
    Thanks as always MrDeathJr! My kids love this game and play it all the time.
  3. Kiersten Shelby
    This was a great guide and worked to download my sims game, but the game won't play at all. It loads origin like it's nothing but when I press play there, nothing. Is there something I am doing wrong?
  4. booman
    Welcome to the forum Kiersten. What distro are you using? Also, can you play any other games in PlayOnLinux?
  5. Kiersten Shelby
    I have Zorin os and sims is the only game I have on my computer. Nothing more... Other than the expansions and I still haven't downloaded those yet.
  6. booman
    Ok, I have not heard of Zorin OS, but there are a few things I need to confirm so you can play games.
    1. Did you install 32-bit libraries in Zorin OS?
    2. Did you install Nvidia/AMD/Intel video drivers?
    3. What video chip/card are you using?
    4. What version of PlayOnLinux are you using?
    Most Linux distro's are 64-bit and most games still require 32-bit libraries in order to run. I'm not sure how to install them in Zorin, but it is a good idea to look for them. Search for:
    • ia32-libs
    • multiarch
    Also if you want to play games, make sure the video drivers are installed. Without them you won't be able to use most 3D enhanced features the card/chip provides.

    Make sure you have installed plain-old Wine first, before setting up your first game in PlayOnLinux.
  7. Kiersten Shelby
    Either intel or nvidia video drivers and intel hd graphics card. It let me install the 32-bit virtual drive so I think so. Lastly the version of Playonlinux I have is 4.2.2
  8. Kiersten Shelby
    Plain stupid question on my end... Does it matter that I have Java instead of adobe?
  9. booman
    Definitely update your version of PlayOnLinux to 4.2.10
    Looks like Zorin is based on Ubuntu, so download this version of PlayOnLinux and installed it:
    Download PlayOnLinux

    You will need to install Wine first of course, then install the package: xterm
    For some reason PlayOnLinux requires it.

    Now in order to install the 32-bit libraries you will have to use the Terminal (command line).

    1. Open Terminal
    2. copy/paste this code:
      Code:
      sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
    3. Press Enter
    4. Enter your password
    5. copy/paste this code:
      Code:
      sudo apt-get update
    6. Press Enter
    7. copy/paste this code:
      Code:
      sudo apt-get install libasound2:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386 libfontconfig1:i386 lib32nss-mdns libgnutls26:i386 libxslt1.1:i386 libxcursor1:i386 libxcomposite1:i386 libosmesa6:i386 libopenal1:i386 libmpg123-0:i386 libldap-2.4-2:i386 liblcms2-2:i386 libgstreamer0.10-0:i386 libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0:i386 libgsm1:i386 libxinerama1:i386 libxi6:i386 libv4l-0:i386 libsane:i386 libudev1:i386 libxml2:i386 libcups2:i386 libxrandr2:i386 libice6:i386 libsm6:i386
    8. Press Enter
    This should install all the necessary 32-bit libraries for Zorin. I would restart as well.
  10. booman
    Updated the Origin Legacy installer for Windows XP

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